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Savages

When a Mexican drug cartel moves into their California town, Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) find their lucrative grass-roots grow-op attracting undesirable attention. And to force the pair to either join their ranks or get out of the marijuana business, the drug lords (Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro) kidnap the local boys' shared girlfriend (Blake Lively).

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Violence: --
Sexual Content: --
Language: --
Drugs/Alcohol: --
Release Date: 06 Jul 2012
Run Time: 129
MPAA Rating: R

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In-Depth Review

Release Date: 6 July 2012

Because we only review G, PG, and PG-13 movies at Parent Previews we did not review this title. For your convenience, we have provided some brief information about the film’s synopsis and content.

Synopsis:

When a Mexican drug cartel moves into their California town, Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) find their lucrative grass-roots grow-op attracting undesirable attention. And to force the pair to either join their ranks or get out of the marijuana business, the drug lords (Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro) kidnap the local boys’ shared girlfriend (Blake Lively).

Content Details: Beyond the Movie Ratings...

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:

Violence:

- Graphic portrayals of torture and brutality.

- Frequent, visually explicit portrayals of violence.

- Explicit depiction of shooting.

- Depictions of beating, stabbing, shooting, burning, whipping and explosion.

- Sexual violence.

- Detailed gory and grotesque images including blood and detailed wounds.

- Frequent upsetting and disturbing scenes.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Buttocks nudity seen in sexual situations.

- Breast nudity seen in a non-sexual context.

- Fondling.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Crude content.

- Embracing and kissing.

Language:

- Approximately 139 instances of coarse language.

- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual or aggressive contexts.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang.

- Ethno-cultural slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Detailed and graphic portrayals of alcohol and substance abuse.

- Ten scenes of drug use involving marijuana and cocaine.

- Tobacco use.

Video alternatives

This movie is based on a novel by Don Winslow.

A younger Aaron Johnson can be seen in The Thief Lord. Taylor Kitsch appears as the title character in John Carter. And Blake Lively starred as a more innocent role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel.

Home Video Notes

Savages releases to home video on November 13, 2012.

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